Hyperlinks in PowerPoint are underlined by default. Underlined text is a visual signal denoting there is a link behind it, and is a best practice from the user experience point of view. However, in some presentations design projects you might need to remove underline from hyperlink text.

Unfortunately there is no direct option to remove hyperlink underline in PowerPoint. But there is a workaround if you really need to hide underline from hyperlink text.

The trick is creating a hypelinked transparent rectangle and placing it in front of your text.

Here’s the step-by-step process.

1. Open your slide. Right click on underlined hyperlink text, and select ‘remove hyperlink’.

2. Go to ‘insert’ tab and select ‘rectangle’ from the ‘shapes’ group

3. Draw a rectangle over your text.

4. Right click on the rectangle and click ‘hyperlink’. Then Set up your hyperlink (same as creating a text hyperlink).  When a user click on the rectangle they will be directed to your link.

5. The next step is making the rectangle transparent. Right click the rectangle and select ‘Format shape’. From format shape dialogue box, set fill color transparent value to 100%.


6. Next choose ‘No line’ for line color option. Now the rectangle must be invisible.


7. Finally, move the hyperlinked rectangle over the text layer which you need your users to click as a hyperlink. You may re-size the rectangle appropriately  so that it completely covers the underneath text.

Congratulations! now you have a hypelinked text without underline.

This is a simple workaround to remove underline from hyperlinks in PowerPoint slides. Let us know in the comment box if you would use it for your slides.

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Happy presentations!

Sampath Sri Warnakula

About the author: Sampath is the Founder of Slidehelper.com, a business presentations design agency that helps businesses and education professionals to communicate effectively using engaging presentations. He considers himself a lifelong learner that strives to advocate for creativity in slide communications.


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